Most of the wines produced today in the Italian region of Lazio (Latium in English) come from an area to the southeast around Frosinone about an hour and a half by car from Rome proper; and another zone closer to the capital known as the Castelli Romani, where white wines like Frascati are still bottled. Few realize that Rome was founded just a stone’s
throw from Monte Cavo (Alban Mount) to the southeast, a now inactive volcano in the Castelli Romani. As a result, all of the Lazio appellations are known for their volcanic subsoils, which produce wines with intense minerality, depth, and nuance. Some of Lazio’s most famous wines, however, are produced just outside the city limits to the south
along the Appian Way. Since the second half of the 20th century, Prince Alberico Buoncompagni Ludovisi and later the Antinori family have made some of Italy’s most celebrated expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sémillon (a very unusual grape for the area).
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